Friday, 30 December 2016

10+ MORE Disney Movies That Are NOT For Kids!

Back in August I wrote the post  20+ Disney Movies That Are NOT For Kids!, and I mentioned in that post doing a part 2. Evidently, this is that part 2! After the reception that post got I need to reiterate that a) by 'children' I am referring to under 12-year-olds unless I state otherwise, and b) yes, you can do whatever you want with your children. I know some people let their kids watch anything and I'm not saying you can't - I'm just saying I personally wouldn't have watched these as a child nor let a child in my care watch them. So hush ya wingeing ;) and on with the show.

Return to Snowy River (1988) Rating PG
Although nothing that would severely upset or emotionally scar a child is included, Return to Snowy River is more for adults in the fact that it is a serious story, not the most entertaining for children even if they could hold their attention to it. There are also some mildly threatening attitudes from certain characters as well as gunfire and the death of an animal. 

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Rating PG
A brilliant movie for sure, though very serious with many hardships set during the Great Depression of the 1930s. There is a large amount of violence, including a horrible dog fight which most children (as well as adults) would find upsetting, bad language and lots of drinking and smoking.

Return to Oz (1985) Rating PG
You may think that this is an innocent sequel to The Wizard of Oz, but no. It's really not. There is some slight violence and a lot of doom and gloom. Compared to the original it is in nowhere near as whimsical or fun and despite it's PG rating, children under 10 or so would more than likely be pretty freaked out by it. Heck, I'm a bit freaked out by parts.

Running Brave (1983) Rating PG
If there's one thing that Disney does epically, it's sports drama's based on true stories. This is just that and I included it on this list for it's genre as I don't think children would be interested at all. Racial prejudice is a theme as the movie is about an American Indian in Kansas who goes on to compete at the Olympics. 

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Rating PG
Originally a novel published in 1962 by Ray Bradbury, this movie features an evil (aptly named) Mr. Dark - who funnily enough played the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones and Governor Weatherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean - with his scary carnival who's aim it is to mess with the townspeople. Dark and sinister, with violence, talk of death and more makes it for older children/teens onwards.

Never Cry Wolf (1983) Rating PG
With any film set in the wilderness, you would expect certain themes such as drinking, smoking and some risky situations which are all included in this movie. As well as this expect a bare bottom / full frontal (not overly seen and in context) male nudity and the eating of animals too. Never Cry Wolf was nominated for an Oscar so worth the watch if you are past the age of giggling at bums etc haha.

Tex (1982) Rating PG
Another book-to-screen movie, Tex is a not so typical coming of age story that follows two teens after losing their parents and having to fend for themselves. There is violence, bad language and gun crime.

Night Crossing (1982) Rating PG
A 'based on true events' story, Night Crossing is a serious drama about two families who escape from East to West Germany from the communist government, in short. Oh and they do so by making their own hot air balloon. It is a wonderful story, however slightly dark (in it's filming style) and of course a little somber at parts. Most certainly something that children wouldn't enjoy, understand or be interested in until later years, if that.

The Watcher in the Woods (1981) Rating PG
This old time Disney horror is another scary one for the early teens and above with occult and supernatural goings on, violent scenes and for those who are religious certain things may be slightly upsetting.

Dragonslayer (1981) Rating PG
As with most movies that Disney co-produce or have released under another distribution company (in this case Paramount), Dragonslayer contains some intense scenes that have been deemed 'frightening for children', violence, nudity and more. Surely, upon reading the plot of this movie, that would be apparent, considering it centers around a Dragon who has virgins sacrificed to it and a young wizarding apprentice who has to slay it...

Amy (1981) Rating U
Amy is another of those movies with nothing in it to make it unsuitable for younger viewers, it is just a more mature/serious plot that appeals more to adults and might be 'boring' to kids. It is a difficult movie to find on DVD (or at least in the UK it is) but is available to rent on Google movies if you like dramas. It's really good!

Treasure of Matecumbe (1976) Rating U
This is only Disney movie to feature the KKK (extremist white supremacy group Ku Klux Klan) and the main reason I have put this on the list. It is essentially an adventure treasure hunt, with a few bumps along the way. As with many movies from the time guns are common place along with the odd slightly perilous situation. Older children that are able to follow the storyline and sit still for the long 2-hour duration, may enjoy it.

The Black Hole (1979) Rating PG
Disney is known for being ahead of it's time and the best in the biz and this Sci-Fi/Action-adventure shows that with it's great effects for that time. The Black Hole does include slightly intimidating characters, intense fight scenes, some mild bad language and deaths without blood or gore - because of this it was the first Disney production to be award a 'PG' rating (not counting those of Buena Vista distribution).
Other themes such as religion and more were more adult focused and it is said that this movie began the trend of appealing to adults more which ultimately spurred the creation of Touchstone, Disney's label where they could release things deemed too dark or mature to be released under 'Walt Disney Pictures'.

Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) Rating U
I love Hot Lead! It's a super fun and silly western, though very typical of it's time in style and humor which could be missed by many children and not of interest to them. There is also a few bar scenes containing a lot of smoking and drinking, with the main character accidentally becoming intoxicated at one point. It stars the wonderful Jim Dale, in not one but three roles.

The Island at the Top of the World (1975) Rating U
This is another that isn't bad for children to see, I just don't think many would stay interested in it to see the full thing as it seems more focused towards an older viewership. There are a couple of slightly sketchy moments including not nice treatment of Orcas :(

Phew! That's it! I also think many other of the live action movies from 40s-70s are more grown-up friendly than child focused. Just because something isn't for kids doesn't mean kids can't watch it...if that makes sense, and vice versa obviously. I know that, like last time, people will say 'well I watched this when I was little and think it's perfectly fine' blah, blah, blllaaahh but you must remember that I'm not saying all of them are unsuitable, just that many kids wouldn't hold interest/find enjoyable or similar. Also - all people are different, some parents let their kids watch violence, some don't and so on!
I hope that this post helps to prove my point that Disney are so much more than just animated classics and definitely not 'just for kids' at all. Let me know which of the above is your favorite in the comments below :)


  1. I've actually never seen any of these besides The Watcher in the Woods and I never even finished it! You never really think of the "darker" movies when you think of Disney!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    1. It's not the best movie, Watcher in the Woods. I didn't find it that compelling and had to make myself watch it all. Exactly! People automatically just think of Princesses and animated animals :P


  2. Wow loads I haven't seen in this post! I love Return To Oz and Amy (obviously haha). Bookmarking this for later so I can dig some of these out.

    Amy -

    1. If you're gonna watch any, I recommend The Journey of Natty Gann, Tex and Hot Lead and Cold Feet! Let me know if you watch/enjoy any!


  3. I can remember our school class went to see Never Cry Wolf & it was a big deal that it showed the guys butt ;) haha

    1. Oh my gosh no way?! haha I can only imagine a whole class of school kids reacting to that :P


  4. I really enjoyed the first post you did on this, as there were several movies you mentioned that I'd never seen or heard of, and there are several more here that I'm adding to my To Watch List. Return to Oz is a very dark film, and while I love it, the Wheelers still give me the creeps today, but I love Jack Pumpkinhead as well as all of the other creatures she meets who are nice and helpful to Dorothy so it's one of my favourites too. Will definitely have to check out the others, especially Hot Lead and Cold Feet as that one sounds good fun! - Tasha

    1. Thank you!
      Right? I'm glad someone else sees where I am coming from. A certain room filled with a certain thing (I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen lol) was the freakiest part for me! It is a fun movie though, just not what most kids would expect I don't think.
      Yes! Hot Lead is fantastic!!


  5. Return To Oz is actually the only one of these I've seen, but it totally freaked me out when I was a kid!

  6. I have never seen these movies I don't know where you find all these stuff. Really I wonder when I read your blog title Disney movies not for kids. Well all we think that Disney movies are belongs to kids and I am sure everyone agree with that. But you really divert our minds with this blog post. But one thing I noticed that all of these movies are older. So I will watch online one of them later.